Since this weekend is the 184th annual conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I thought today I would share one of my favorite photographic subjects: LDS Temples.

Since my earliest days in photography, I have loved making images of the temple. Temples are especially sacred to our Mormon culture. They are the places where we can go to learn more about our relationship with God and what we need to do to return to live with him some day. We also make sacred covenants in temples. If you’d like to know a little more about Mormon Temples and their importance in our religion, here is a short video that explains it well.

Today, though, I would like to share with you a few of my favorite temple images. These were all made by me. You can find more of my temple photographs here.

I Love to See the Temple

Albuquerque LDS Temple

The Albuquerque LDS Temple sits at the base of the Sandia Mountains. I made this photograph at sunset to capture the legendary beauty and color of the New Mexico sunsets

Denver LDS Temple

Since it’s virtually impossible to photograph the Denver Temple with the mountains in the background, I photographed it at sunrise last fall. Thankfully, we had just enough lovely clouds at dawn to give the sky this beautiful color.

Houston LDS Temple

I photographed the Houston Temple early one morning as I was passing through Texas on a road trip. I had only a brief time to make a few images and I didn’t have access to the grounds. I am looking forward to another trip with more time and access options.

San Diego Temple

Because it’s my home town, the San Diego Temple holds a special place in my heart. I have photographed it dozens of times, both by itself and as a backdrop for countless weddings. And I’ll probably return many times more.

Moroni at Dawn

This is another image from my sunrise session at the Denver Temple. I love making close-up images (relatively speaking) of the Angel Moroni. Moroni is the revered final prophet of the Book of Mormon and was instrumental in the restoration of the gospel.

SLC Temple Winter Night

No collection would be complete without at least one image of the Salt Lake Temple. I like photographing at times and places that haven’t necessarily been photographed by everyone else. I took this on a winter visit to Salt Lake City while I visited with a dear friend and her sons at Temple Square.

Manti LDS Temple

The Manti Temple in central Utah is one of the oldest of the Mormon Temples. It has a very distinctive design. While I have not yet had the opportunity to enter this temple, it is definitely on my list. In addition to loving the temples for their religious significance, I also love to study and enjoy their beautiful architecture and attention to detail such as this antique doorknob on the temple’s north doors.

If you would like to see more lds temple photos you can find my gallery, along with others at Fine Art America. Do you have a favorite temple? Please share your favorites in the comment section below. Who knows? Perhaps it will be the next on my visiting list.

And, just in case you wanted to know where the title of this post came from, it’s a Primary Song.

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